Chief Of­fi­cer em­barks on trip

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RUWADE BRYANT

Pukekohe Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade’s Chief Fire Of­fi­cer has stepped down from his role af­ter he and his wife have de­cided to travel the globe.

Scott Darnill, 51, who has been fight­ing fires in Franklin since 1999, and wife, Linda, have reached a point in their lives where they be­lieve it is more im­por­tant ’’to have a pass­port full of stamps than a house full of stuff,’’ and have opted to pur­sue a two-year trav­el­ling ex­pe­di­tion. The fire­fighter, who has po­ten­tially saved the lifes of hun­dreds of peo­ple, has also wit­nessed death first-hand - a sight many would rather not see.

Al­though Darnill re­grets leav­ing the job he loves, he said it was tragic mo­ments that had in­flu­enced his de­ci­sion to step down. ‘‘The worst thing is go­ing to any­thing that in­volves death,’’ said Darnill.

The cou­ple de­part­ing New Zealand last month will spend most of their time in South East Asia.

The Darnills do not have a set itinerary, how­ever, In­done­sia was to be their first stop where they planned to spend 30 days ex­plor­ing. From here, they will fly to Thai­land where they have man­aged to land a house-sit­ting op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘We re­ally en­joy South East Asia, and the peo­ple, and the food, and we’re not re­ally get­ting any younger,’’ said Darnill. He said he was go­ing to miss the brigade, the Franklin com­mu­nity and his neigh­bours. ‘‘It’s a hard de­ci­sion leav­ing here, this is the hard­est thing to do, is to leave.’’

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